Bill Walton interview on KPFA 6/29

June 26th, 2016

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Bill Walton came to KPFA on June 20 for an interview about his wonderful new book, Back from the Dead: Searching for the Sound, Shining the Light, and Throwing It Down.

Y’all know he’s a big ol’ Deadhead, right?

The interview airs this Wednesday, June 29, on KPFA’s Dead to the World. The show starts at 8pm Pacific time and streams live at kpfa.org

Great thanks to our chief engineer, Michael Yoshida, for his help with this.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1449

June 26th, 2016

Week of June 27, 2016

Part 1 25:07
Bonnie “Prince” Billy, from Day of the Dead (4AD)
IF I HAD THE WORLD TO GIVE
Dead and Company 11/20/15 Scottrade Center, St Louis MO
EYES OF THE WORLD

Part 2 30:33
Grateful Dead 6/22/93 Deer Creek Music Center, Noblesville IN
HELP ON THE WAY->
SLIPKNOT!->
FRANKLIN’S TOWER->
WANG DANG DOODLE

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

The Be Kind Gathering, July 21st through 24th at Terrapin Hill Farm in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Keller Williams, John Kadlecik Band, Rumpke Mountain Boys, David Gans, and many more. Information and tickets at bekindgathering.com

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast June 10 through July 30. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour starting June 10th.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa comes to The Cap on Friday, July 8 to honor the legacy of his father’s high-level musicianship and complex compositions. This show will be an absolutely fantastic celebration of Frank Zappa’s life and music. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1448

June 19th, 2016

Week of June 20, 2016

Part 1 30:59
Dead and Company 5/23/16 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco
ESTIMATED PROPHET->
DARK STAR

Part 2 25:18
Dead and Company 5/23/16 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco
THE OTHER ONE->
DAYS BETWEEN

Charles Bradley and Menahan Street Band, from Day of the Dead (4AD)
CUMBERLAND BLUES

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

The Be Kind Gathering, July 21st through 24th at Terrapin Hill Farm in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Keller Williams, John Kadlecik Band, Rumpke Mountain Boys, David Gans, and many more. Information and tickets at bekindgathering.com

The Jerry Garcia Family, presenting the return of the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Warren Haynes this summer. Tour stops include Tanglewood, Red Rocks, Central Park & more. And announcing the next installment in the GarciaLive Series, coming June 24 on Round Records: GarciaLive Volume Six is Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders, recorded July 5th, 1973 . Complete tour dates and archival release info at JerryGarcia.com

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast June 10 through July 30. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour through July 30.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Frank Zappa played The Cap 4 legendary times in the 70s, and on Friday, July 8, Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa will honor his music in the most authentic way imaginable. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

12/5/15 poster by John Warner

June 15th, 2016

I finally got hold of the posters we didn’t get in time for the DG/Terrapin Flyer show at the Field Museum last December! John Warner did the art!





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50 reviews on Amazon

June 15th, 2016

This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead just picked up its 50th review on amazon! Forty-three of ’em are 5 stars, and none are less than three stars! Read the reviews here.

Order a signed copy here:





This Is All a Dream We Dreamed

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1447

June 12th, 2016

Week of June 13, 2016

Part 1 30:23
Dead & Company 5/23/16 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco
ST. STEPHEN
HELL IN A BUCKET
COLD RAIN AND SNOW

Part 2 25:14
Dead & Company 5/23/16 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco
LOOSE LUCY w/ Sammy Hagar
QUEEN JANE, APPROXIMATELY
BROWN-EYED WOMEN

I was there at the Fillmore for this show and I loved it! I am really impressed with John Mayer’s guitar playing and his grasp of how this music works. And he is inspiring great energy in his bandmates! Bassist Oteil Burbridge is a wonder, and Jeff Chimenti is his usual awesome, understated self on the keys.

They’re on the road right now! Tour dates and more info here.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

The Be Kind Gathering, July 21st through 24th at Terrapin Hill Farm in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Keller Williams, John Kadlecik Band, Rumpke Mountain Boys, David Gans, and many more. Information and tickets at bekindgathering.com

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast June 10 through July 30. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour starting June 10th.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, celebrating the music of Frank Zappa at The Cap on Friday, July 8 with Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa. The music of Frank Zappa deserves a grand celebration, and The Cap plans on having one. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1446

June 5th, 2016

Week of June 6, 2016

Part 1 30:06
Grateful Dead, American Beauty (Rhino)
BOX OF RAIN
Talk
David Nelson Band 5/11/16 The Acoustic, Bridgeport CT
WHERE I COME FROM->
IMPRESSIONISTS TWO-STEP

Part 2 25:45
David Nelson Band 5/11/16 The Acoustic, Bridgeport CT
FRIEND OF THE DEVIL->
RAG MAMA RAG

“Box of Rain” is, of course, the opening track on the Grateful Dead’s classic 1970 album American Beauty. The electric guitar was not played by Jerry Garcia; that’s David Nelson, one of Jerry’s oldest friends and musical buds. They played folk and bluegrass together in the early 60s, took their first acid trip together, and collaborated professionally in the New Riders of the Purple Sage and the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band. Nelson is still touring with the New Riders, and he also has a great ensemble called the David Nelson Band that doesn’t play nearly often enough for my taste.

This week’s show features highlights from the Nelson Band’s show in Bridgeport, Connecticut on May 11 of this year, starting with an amazing song that Nelson wrote with the Grateful Dead’s lyricist, Robert Hunter, followed by “The Impressionists Two-Step,” by Pop Wagner.

Enjoy!

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

The Jerry Garcia Family, presenting the return of the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Warren Haynes this summer. Tour stops include Tanglewood, Red Rocks, Central Park & more. And announcing the next installment in the GarciaLive Series, coming June 24 on Round Records: GarciaLive Volume Six is Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders, recorded July 5th, 1973. Complete tour dates and archival release info at JerryGarcia.com

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast June 10 through July 30. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour starting June 10th.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. From the weird and wonderful imaginations of Sean Lennon and Les Claypool comes The Claypool Lennon Delirium, making their way to The Cap on Saturday, June 18. Their glorious freak stew of music is some of the most psychedelic new music of today. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1445

May 29th, 2016

Week of May 30, 2016

Part 1 12:30
Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders, GarciaLive vol 6 (Round)
AFTER MIDNIGHT (7/5/73)

Part 2 42:24
Billy and the Kids w/ Eric Krasno 4/15/16 Wanee Festival, Live Oak FL
CASSIDY->
PLAYING IN THE BAND
UNCLE JOHN’S BAND
DEAL
w/ Warren Haynes

After Midnight” was written by JJ Cale and probably most famously recorded by Eric Clapton. But Jerry Garcia loved the song, too, and played it with various editions of his band between 1971 and 1983. This one is from GarciaLive volume 6, the new release from Round Records. It’s Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders, with John Kahn on bass and Bill Vitt on drums, recorded July 5, 1973 at the Lion’s Share in San Anselmo, California. Listeners who started hearing Jerry and the Dead in the ’80s or ’90s might be surprised at the tiny venues these guys played back in the day, but that’s how it was here in the San Francisco area. GarciaLive volume 6 will be released on June 24, but you can preorder now at jerrygarcia.com.

Billy and the Kids is a very cool project featuring the Grateful Dead’s original drummer, Bill Kreutzmann, with Reed Mathis on bass, Aron Magner on keyboards, and Tom Hamilton on guitar. They performed at the Wanee Festival in Florida on April 15, with some help from Eric Krasno on guitar and a very special guest on the last song.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Saturday, June 11, The Fab Faux will capture the essence of the Beatles at The Cap. That’s the Fab Faux, Saturday 6/11 at the Cap. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast June 10 through July 30. Complete details and ticketing at deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour starting June 10th.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1444

May 22nd, 2016

Week of May 23, 2016

Part 1 29:22
Interview with Peter Simon 1975
Jerry Garcia
Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders, GarciaLive volume 6
I SECOND THAT EMOTION (7/5/73)

Part 2 25:49
Interview: Peter Simon part 1
Talk
Interview: Peter Simon part 2
Miguel DeBraganza (unreleased)
SO MANY ROADS
Interview: Peter Simon part 3

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

The Jerry Garcia Family, presenting the return of the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Warren Haynes this summer. Tour stops include Tanglewood, Red Rocks, Central Park & more. And announcing the next installment in the GarciaLive Series, coming June 24 on Round Records: GarciaLive Volume Six is Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders, recorded July 5th, 1973 . Complete tour dates and archival release info at JerryGarcia.com

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast June 10 through July 30. Complete details and ticketing at
www.deadandcompany.com

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Saturday, June 4, banjo master Bela Fleck reunites with the original Flecktones to showcase mind-blowing musical virtuosity. This is a rare opportunity to experience these great players together on stage. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

“Brokedown Palace” video

May 20th, 2016

Matt Mays directed this video of “Brokedown Palace,” from my CD It’s a Hand-Me-Down.

While David Gans is well known for his Grateful Dead reportage, his own musical career typically focuses on his well-crafted original material. However last year, as the Dead celebrated their 50th anniversary, Gans released It’s a Hand-Me-Down, which presents songs from the Dead catalog in a “solo electric” setting. Today, we premiere a video which features Gans’ version of “Brokedown Palace.” He explains to Relix, “Grateful Dead songs speak to the heart and soul on so many levels. ‘Brokedown Palace’ often feels to me like a song about death, about shedding the aches and pains of one’s aged body. So [filmmaker] Matt Mays and I thought it would be appropriate to use photos from my life in the video. Not that I’m in any hurry to leave this world!”

Berkeley Public Library benefit Thu 6/2

May 18th, 2016

Join the Berkeley Public Library Foundation on June 2, 2016 at 7:00pm for a special gathering hosted by noted authors and chroniclers of the Grateful Dead, Peter Richardson and David Gans.

Richardson, an American Studies professor at San Francisco State University and author of No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead, will join David Gans, journalist and author of This is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead, to share perspectives on the cultural milieu which shaped and was shaped by The Grateful Dead.

The event will take place at Spats on Shattuck, one of Jerry Garcia’s Berkeley hangouts in the 1970s.

Tickets are $40 with proceeds benefitting the Berkeley Public Library and can be purchased here. Appetizers and beer are included in the ticket price.

This event is part of AfterWORDS, the Berkeley Public Library Foundation’s seasonal series of up close events with artists, authors and thinkers. Proceeds support It’s Time for Central, a fundraiser for Berkeley Public Library’s new Teen Room at the downtown Central Library.

About the Organization

The Berkeley Public Library Foundation raises funds for and advocates on behalf of the public library. The Foundation provides funding for library innovation and to help sustain the excellence of the buildings, services, collections and programs at all five locations of Berkeley Public Library. The current focus is on the “It’s Time for Central” campaign for improvements to the first and second floors at the Central Library, including a dynamic new space for teens, improved lighting and technology, a flexible reference room for expanded community activities, a more welcoming entryway, and display areas for public art. The Foundation also works to increase public awareness in the wider community that the public library is a living, evolving institution vital to our diverse community.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1443

May 15th, 2016

Week of May 16, 2016

Part 1 25:14
Billy and the Kids 4/9/16 Warfield Theater, San Francisco
FEEL LIKE A STRANGER
Grateful Dead, July 1978: The Complete Recordings (Rhino)
IT’S ALL OVER NOW (7/5/78)

Part 2 29:40
Interview with Peter Simon 1975
Jerry Garcia part 1
Grateful Dead, Workingman’s Dead
EASY WIND
Interview with Peter Simon 1975
Jerry Garcia part 2
Grateful Dead, Workingman’s Dead
NEW SPEEDWAY BOOGIE
Mischief, from The Best of The Vineyard Sound (Rhino)
THE WHEEL

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Friday, May 27, The Cap celebrates Memorial Day weekend by waving that flag with Phil Lesh & Friends. Lesh will be joined by Warren Haynes, John Medeski, Eric Krasno, and Tony Leone. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast June 10 through July 30. Complete details and ticketing at deadandcompany.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1442

May 10th, 2016

Week of May 9, 2016

Part 1 28:37
Interview with Peter Simon 1975
Jerry Garcia part 1
Grateful Dead, 30 Trips Around the Sun (Rhino)
TRUCKIN’ (9/28/75)

Part 2 26:51
Interview with Peter Simon 1975
Jerry Garcia part 2
The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack (Rhino)
GOIN’ DOWN THE ROAD FEELIN’ BAD
Interview with Peter Simon 1975
Jerry Garcia part 3
Chuck Berry, The Definitive Collection (Chess)
PROMISED LAND

Peter Simon is a photographer and writer who lives on Martha’s Vineyard. He has published many amazing photos of the Grateful Dead, which you can find along with his photos of the Vineyard and other wonderful stuff online at petersimon.com. I met Peter in Jamaica in November of 1982 and collaborated with him on a book called Playing in the Band: An Oral and Visual Portrait of the Grateful Dead, which was published in 1985 and which led indirectly to my getting into the radio business. He did this interview with Jerry during the time the Dead were not touring. Jerry was working on The Grateful Dead Movie; the Dead were working in Bob Weir’s studio on the material that became the album Blues for Allah; and Jerry was just a couple of months away from debuting the first edition of the Jerry Garcia Band. Peter was kind enough to allow me to use quotes from the interview in our book, and now he’s agreed to let me play the whole thing for you here on the GD Hour. The audio quality is a little bit funky, because he mixed some music in behind the talk in some stretches. But it’s always a treat to hear Jerry talk – he was as articulate and soulful in conversation as he was in his songwriting and performance.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, a historic venue whose stage the Grateful Dead played 18 times in 1970 and 71 alone. Dark Star Orchestra will evoke the Grateful Dead’s musical spirit on On Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast June 10 through July 30. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour starting June 10th.

Capitol Theatre interview

May 1st, 2016

This Is Why You Should Turn On Your Lovelight with David Gans

Shows are Wednesday, May 4 (with the Broken Angels) and Wednesday, May 11 (solo, with special guest Garrin Benfield). Both shows start at 8.

I’ll be signing books and CDs before and after the show.

More gigs and more info here.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1441

May 1st, 2016

Week of May 2, 2016

Part 1 37:21
Grateful Dead 9/16/91 Madison Square Garden, NYC
SPACE->
GOIN’ DOWN THE ROAD FEELIN’ BAD->
ATTICS OF MY LIFE->
GOOD LOVIN’

Part 2 17:57
Grateful Dead 9/16/91 Madison Square Garden, NYC
JOHNNY B. GOODE
Grateful Dead, July 1978: The Complete Recordings (Rhino)
BLACK PETER

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Bloomsbury Publishing, announcing WORKINGMAN’s DEAD by Buzz Poole, part of the 33-1/3 series of short books about music. Available at bloomsbury.com and wherever books are sold. WORKINGMAN’S DEAD by Buzz Poole.

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast June 10 through July 30. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour starting June 10th.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Dark Star Orchestra will embody the energy of the Grateful Dead at The Cap on Friday and Saturday, May 20th and 21st. There will be nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile! Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.